One of the quietest Greek islands, holidays on Lefkas draw those in need of relaxation, as well as sailing and watersports enthusiasts. Handily, it's also joined to mainland Greece by a causeway. This wonderfully green island is full of olive groves, and its mountainous interior provides outstanding scenery. The hills roll down to lush valleys on the east coast and rise to sheer cliffs on the dramatic west.
The small island of Lefkas is just 35 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide. It is one of only two Greek islands that can be reached by road from the mainland, thanks to its bridge.
The main resorts along the east and south coasts range from tranquil to energetic in their approach to coastal living, but nowhere in Lefkas is ever boisterous. With most leisure activities sharing a focus on the sea, it may be that you join a sailing flotilla in Sivota or take up windsurfing in Vassiliki. Boat trips that whisk you off to some of the outstanding beaches that surround Lefkas are a great way to explore the area.
The island's centre is the capital, Lefkas Town, which is easily accessible from wherever you stay. So, whether you choose to stay in Nikiana for its secluded charm, or Nidri for lots to do day and night, you can hop around the island with ease by car, bus or boat.
Nidri's busy harbour is the hub of the town, taking passengers to nearby islands and beaches.
Alternatively, taking out a rental boat affords a greater degree of independence, allowing you to sail yourself to less busy parts of the island.
There exists a good selection of shops and restaurants by the sea here and the nightlife is about as lively as it gets in Lefkas. The Nidri falls are a walk away for beautiful natural scenery.
Peace is the aim on holidays to Nikiana, which has the best sandy beach in the east of Lefkas.
Your quiet getaway can be spent at the excellent waterfront restaurants and walking around the foothills of Mount Skaros, or you might like to journey to the neighbouring town of Nidri.
A harbour village where sailing is the main activity, days in Sivota are utterly tranquil.
At night, as the yacht flotillas return, the bars buzz with activity, but it never gets too noisy.
Here, quayside tavernas tempt you with their fresh seafood, you can amble through the olive groves, or journey to nearby Vassiliki and Lefkas Town.
Lefkas' water sports hub, Vassiliki has Europe's finest windsurfing conditions in the large southern bay.
Paragliding and sailing are also popular.
The island's second largest town, Vassiliki has waterfront restaurants serving Greek treats as well as some fun bars for when the surf is done.